Ingenious Style Secrets from 10 of the Best Dressed People in Washington

Ingenious Style Secrets from 10 of the Best Dressed People in Washington
Graphic by Manyun Zou.

Photographed over the course of two fashion-packed days at Alexandria’s Union 206 studios, our annual Style Setters list proves that substance and sartorial know-how are not mutually exclusive. Here’s how to shop their looks.

1. Holly Pan shares what every style blogger will be wearing this fall.

Iradj Moini earrings, $1450, and Samira 13 ring, $250, at Tabandeh (Mazza Gallerie); Clutch, $850 at Emm Kuo.
Shop these products: Gucci silk bomber, Max Mara metallic shoes, Valentino bag, and Ann Taylor skirt.

2. The Sheila Johnson look that’s right for every work environment

An A-line dress, a classic blazer, a scarf, and simple stud earrings command attention without distracting.


Shop these products: Sheila Johnson scarf, Tiffany & Co earrings, Loro Piana blazer, and CH Carolina Herrera dress.

3. Colin Shah on staying warm—but looking cool—when you walk to work

“My favorite scarves are beach-towel size. I’ll wear them like a shawl over a suit on a fall day, or loose and tucked into a coat.”


Shop these products: Gucci coat and Hermés scarf.

4. The Michael Dumlao guide to corporate—but colorful—androgyny

Wear a longer button-down untucked. Pair it with patterned pants, then layer on an unexpected jacket and fierce beads.


Shop these products: Holst + Lee necklace, Sid Mashburn shirt, and Sid Mashburn pants.

5. How Joanna Rosholm gets dressed when she’s up early and dealing with decision fatigue

Add a top over a plain sheath, then pair it with a floral jacket for automatic visual interest.


Shop these products: Zara blazer and Ann Taylor sheath.

6. How Pierre Garçon brings sportwear into streetwear

Fashion-forward kicks add comfort to a casual look. A timeless yet durable watch wears well with everything.

Ted Baker sweater, 9, and 7 for All Mankind jeans, 9, from Bloomingdale's (Chevy Chase). Shoes, 8 at Bucketfeet (The Shay); Chain, 0, pendant (0), and leather bracelet (0), all at David Yurman (CityCenterDC).
Ted Baker sweater, $419, and 7 for All Mankind jeans, $169, from Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase). Shoes, $148 at Bucketfeet (The Shay); Chain, $340, pendant ($550), and leather bracelet ($350), all at David Yurman (CityCenterDC).


Shop these products: Shoes at Bucketfeet and watch at Filson.

7. How Timothy R. Lowery layers his blues

Playing with texture is key when enlivening this quintessential Washington look.

Suit, $2095, shirt, $395, tie, $160, and shoes, $675, all at Canali (CityCenterDC).
Shop these products at Canali (CityCenterDC).

8. Tamon George shares three style secrets

1. sells Warby Parker–worthy frames at a fraction of the cost. 2. The perfect T-shirt length hits halfway between the bottom and the top of your back pocket. 3. Tailor your jeans to perch at the top of your boot.

Watch, $600 at Shinola.
Shop these products: Eyebuydirect glasses, Kit & Ace T-Shirt, and Levi’s jeans.

9. How Kate Warren makes all-black look anything but basic

The foundation of her photo-shoot uniform includes high-rise denim, a leather moto, and high-tops.

Gas Bijoux earrings, $445 at Tabandeh; Bracelets, $45 and $65 at R.J. Graziano.

10. How to nail Amy Baier’s dinner-party look

Start with a sleek jumpsuit. Keep jewelry simple but striking. Make your statement with your shoes and clutch.

Roland Mouret jumpsuit, $2825, Saint Laurent blazer, $3850, and clutch, $1550, all at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase).


Photography: Dean Alexander Photography. Hair & Makeup: Ryan Krasney of Blend Makeup Artistry. Furniture courtesy of Room & Board. Fashion Assistant: Caroline Cunningham. 

This article appears in our September 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.